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Residents contest development

Traffic and safety issues took center stage at a Cheney Planning Commission public hearing Monday night on a proposed rezone to accommodate a 115-unit apartment complex near Hagelin Park and the city pool. Over two dozen people attended the...

A need for separation

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor A recent study by the state’s Joint Transportation Committee ranked a city of Cheney railroad crossing among the top 50 crossings in Washington needing better separation between rail and vehicle traffic to improve safety,...

Fatality in Tuesday Medical Lake fire

The Medical Lake Fire Department and several other agencies responded to a structure fire within city limits on March 14. According to Medical Lake Fire Chief Jason Mayfield, the Fire Department...

Water logged

A softball floats in a flooded swale at the Cheney High School football field as the Blackhawks track and field teams in the background get set to practice last Friday. Rains and rapid snowmelt have...

Crossing improvement projects coming to AH

At its March 13 study session, the Airway Heights City Council received a few updates regarding potential street improvements for the city. One of these updates focused on safety improvements at crosswalks on Hayford Road. At the request of...

United Airlines joins American, Delta and Southwest with new direct flights from Spokane

Once upon a time, back when airlines like Northwest Orient and West Coast flew out of Spartan quarters on the east side of Geiger Field - and smoking on flights was the norm - the joke was "You can't ...

Pure Joy: It's what's ahead, not what if

(Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series on Cheney's marijuana manufacturing business, Pure Joy.) As Ted Youngs sees it, he can look towards the future of the business he runs for the...

Rodeo Lake

Pasture lands surrounding the Cheney Rodeo grounds usually flood each year, but this spring the higher amounts of rain and snow melt have left a lake...

Customers up at Cheney Clothing Exchange

Things are booming at the Cheney Clothing Exchange - in many ways. Volunteer coordinator Connie Oakes said the exchange - which is open Wednesdays from noon – 6 p.m. in space on the Third Street...

ML council amends cellular lease

The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved an amendment to a site lease agreement allowing a company leasing space on the city’s water tower to add some equipment — and in the process bring in more money to the city coffers. The council...

Helping every woman

Medical Lake Firefighters Association vice president Jonathan Suffield presents a check for $371 to Every Woman Can chief executive officer Deb Barnes at the March 6 City Council meeting. The...

Irish to the core

Eastern Washington University President, Dr. Mary Cullinan, was honored as the Grand Marshal of the 39th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade staged in Spokane, Saturday, March 11. Cullinan described her...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY March 6 Possible threat was reported at Cheney High School. An individual saw a Snapchat post showing an individual with the caption “Don’t come to school.” Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 1000 block of Betz Road....

News Briefs

More area roads closed due to flooding, washouts Spokane County Public Works Department officials have announced the closure of several West Plains roads caused by heavy rains and rapid snow melt. Some roads had been closed earlier this month due...

Individuals shine at Richland for Cards

Medical Lake head track coach Gene Blankenship thought he would take his athletes some place warm and dry to compete, so he bused them to usually toasty and dry Tri-Cities. The normally astute...

Cheney tennis finishes 1-2 in Moses Lake

The Cheney High boys’ tennis team’s quest for a third consecutive Great Northern League championship was off to a rocky start. At a March 10 jamboree, the Blackhawks defeated Ellensburg (5-2) and lost to Moses Lake (5-2) and Othello (4-3). “I...

LeGrand is more than deserving of WWE's 'Warrior Award'

WWE will have their flagship event, Wrestlemania 33, is a few weeks away and I’m excited. For us pro wrestling fans, the event is kind of like the Super Bowl or the Academy Awards. As part of the festivities, WWE holds its annual Hall of Fame...

Cheney boys rally to knock off Mt. Spokane

It required a bit of modification, but the Cheney High School boys soccer team managed to get its first game of the year into the books. The Blackhawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score two second...

Cheney girls' tennis goes 2-1 in jamboree

The Cheney High girls' tennis team began their season March 10 at a jamboree where they swept Moses Lake, 7-0, defeated Ellensburg, 5-2, and lost to Othello 4-3. In singles action, No. 1 Bridget...

Blackhawks earn 10-0 shutout win over Quincy

The Cheney High baseball team opened its season with a 10-0 shutout against the Quincy Jacks, March 10. New head baseball coach Glenn Chamberlain said he had some uncertainties about how his team would perform before the game, mainly because they...

EWU women at Texas State

FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team opens the 2017 Women’s Basketball Invitational today (Thursday, March 16) at Texas State University in San Marcos. Tip-off against the Bobcats is set for 3 p.m....

Eagle men still playing

Like cuts of steak, or kinds of wine, some are better than others. Many might agree, any of each tastes good. So it might be, too, when it comes to the postseason in basketball. While the Eastern Washington men don’t get to chomp into hoop’s...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Thursday, March 16, Cheney at Lakeside, 4 p.m. Medical Lake hosts North Central, 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, Medical Lake hosts Davenport,...

Sports Briefs

Kevin Maurice is new EWU backs coach After three full seasons as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of North Dakota, Kevin Maurice is joining the Eastern coaching staff as the new coach of Eagle running backs, head...

Priorities, and price, of government is worth another look

In 2003, Gov. Gary Locke (D) faced a 10 percent revenue hole in the state’s budget. He also stared at a sluggish economy still reeling from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. People were reluctant to fly and airlines stopped buying Boeing...

Got a beef or 'atta boy?' Try Cheers and Jeers

Sometimes things come to your attention that you feel the need to comment on, but don’t want to say too much. To provide a means of expressing these sentiments, whether it’s a good job to somebody or a “Come on man” as the popular ESPN...

False assurances given about federal education funding

Our state representatives Jeff Holy and Mike Volz of the 6th District,  both Republicans, held a town hall meeting in Spokane on March 11. The majority of the questions were posed by articulate and enthusiastic teachers in the area, many from...

President Donald Trump should make a deal with North Korea

President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to...

School board gets alternate construction method overview

Passage of the Cheney Public Schools’ $52 million capital facilities bond last month presents some interesting logistic issues, and perhaps none more important than the obvious requirement — that all four buildings need to be open for education...

ML Circuit Breakers take top rank in Steamworks robotics competition

The Medical Lake Circuit Breakers and Cheney Blackhawks high school robotics teams had success at the March 3 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Steamworks competition...

Education briefs

CHS Drama to stage ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ The Cheney High School Drama Club will stage an adaption of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” March 24-26 at the Little Theater at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Snowdon/Windsor to host Career Rodeo...

Homeworks! shows off

Students at Cheney School District's Homeworks! program presented some of the subjects they are learning at a pair of presentations, Feb. 28. In the afternoon, students at the program site on Andrus...

West Plains libraries to host urban farming events

A chance to become an expert in urban farming is quickly approaching at some of the West Plains libraries. The first events will take place on March 25 at the Cheney and Airway Heights branches....

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • March 17, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),... Full story

Looking Back

10 Years Ago March 15, 2007 Washington State Patrol received a 911 call of a vehicle traveling at over 100 mles per hour westbound on Interstate 90 near Spokane/Lincoln county line. The driver,...

West Plains Briefs

Medical Lake scholarship fundraiser this weekend Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars’ “Spring Thing” scholarship fundraiser is this Saturday, March 18 at St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 6:30–10:30 p.m. There will be a live auction/silent auction...

Churches

Four Lakes Community Church We are a non-denominational Village Missions Church. We exist to exalt the Lord, to educate and edify the saints and evangelize the lost. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service is at 10:45 a.m. All are...

CHS and ML Robotics

The Medical Lake Circuit Breakers and Cheney Blackhawks high school robotics teams had success at the March 3 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Steamworks competition... Full story

Cheney boys soccer rally to knock off Mt. Spokane

It required a bit of modification, but the Cheney High School boys soccer team managed to get its first game of the year into the books. The Blackhawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score two second... Full story

Homeworks! shows off

Students at Cheney School District's Homeworks! program presented some of the subjects they are learning at a pair of presentations, Feb. 28. In the afternoon, students at the program site on Andrus... Full story

David Emery Carr

Surrounded by loved ones, David Carr lost his battle to glioblastoma brain cancer on March 8, 2017. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother and friend. David was born in Spokane, Wash., May... Full story